In computing, SSHFS (SSH Filesystem) is a filesystem client to mount and interact with directories and files located on a remote server or workstation over a normal ssh connection.[2] The client interacts with the remote file system via the SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP),[3] a network protocol providing file access, file transfer, and file management functionality over any reliable data stream that was designed as an extension of the Secure Shell protocol (SSH) version 2.0.

Mounting an SSHFS network, the sign-on displays the desktop icon illustrated
Developer(s)Nikolaus Rath, Miklos Szeredi [1]
Stable release
3.5.0[1] / 28 August 2018 (2018-08-28)
Operating systemUNIX-like
TypeRemote access

The current implementation of SSHFS using FUSE is a rewrite of an earlier version. The rewrite was done by Miklos Szeredi, who also wrote FUSE.[4]


SFTP provides secure file transfer and a secure remote file system. While SFTP clients may transfer files and directories, the related file system may not be mounted locally using SFTP alone. Using SSHFS, a remote file system may be treated in the same way as other volumes (such as CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives and shared disks).

Using the Unix command ls with sshfs will sometimes not list the owner of a file correctly, although it is possible to map them manually.[5][6]

For distributed remote file systems with multiple users, protocols such as Apple Filing Protocol, Network File System and Server Message Block are more often used. SSHFS is an alternative to those protocols only in situations where users are confident that files and directories will not be targeted for writing by another user, at the same time.

The advantage of SSHFS when compared to other network file system protocols is that, given that a user already has SSH access to a host, it does not require any additional configuration work, or the opening of additional entry ports in a firewall.[4]

See also


  1. "SSHFS Contributors at".
  2. "sysutils/sshfs-fuse: sshfs-fuse-2.4p1 – mount remote directories over ssh". OpenBSD ports. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. "SSHFS security". Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  4. "SSHFS homepage". Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  5. Canonical Ltd. (May 2009). "SSHFS - Community Ubuntu Documentation". Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  6. Szeredi, Miklos (November 2008). "SSHFS FAQ: What options does sshfs support?". Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009.

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